Rapper who boasted about unemployment fraud scheme arrested

California Connection

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Tennessee rapper who boasted in a music video about getting rich from committing unemployment fraud was arrested Friday in Los Angeles.

Fontrell Antonio Baines was arrested on three felony counts of access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transportation of stolen property.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Baines faces up to 22 years in federal prison. The 31-year-old goes by the stage name Nuke Bizzle.

Federal prosecutors allege that Baines and co-conspirators fraudulently obtained at least 92 debit cards pre-loaded with more than $1.2 million.

Baines posted a music video on YouTube in September called “EDD,” referencing California’s unemployment agency, in which he boasts about getting “rich off of EDD.”

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